Rise of Evil – Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party – Sabaton History 020 [Official]


i’m indy neidell and i’m here walking from home and this is sabaton history Adolf Hitler’s rise to power was as unlikely as his rule was catastrophic another song rice of evil it’s quite unusual in the sense that it doesn’t cover an armed conflict he’s gonna tell you about the song but first I’m gonna tell you the history now we’re just getting started we have the power and we’re not going to give it up again with these prescient words Adolf Hitler greeted his party members on February 5th 1933 a few days after he was officially declared the new Chancellor of Germany the National Socialists his party known also as the NSDAP or the Nazi Party is now the biggest party in the Reichstag the Parliament with 33% of the seats now the Communist Party has 16.9% that means that the conservative center-right and liberal center-left parties opposed to both the Communists and the Nazis as well as each other don’t have the majority needed to form a government instead under leadership of a conservative and Catholic bloc many of the mainstream MPs plan to simply control the ambitious Hitler when he is Chancellor but Hitler was determined his goal was to get nothing less than absolute power he would destroy the parliamentary system which he very much despised and established his fear or dictate or by any and all means necessary plot to rise above the others Hitler had to win over the general public large private interests and the powerful elements of the government and the military first his first speech as the Chancellor of the Reich was a roundup of the topics he had unceasingly spoken about since the beginning of his political career in the pubs of Munich after the First World War but Hitler had perfected the art of public speaking and he really knew how to work a crowd and how to paint pictures in the minds of his listeners he spoke of the years of marxist influence that had ruined the German economy how the Treaty of Versailles dictated by the malevolent Victor’s of the war had left the once glorious German Empire fragmented and his people impoverished and as the listeners grew emotional Hitler promised that he would destroy Marxism with fire and sword and free Germany in the poisonous class struggle under his leadership German society would find its way back to conservative Christian values and find renewed pride in its past this turned non Nazi tacit acceptance of Hitler into actual sin especially from the right end of the political spectrum however wall Hitler spoke of peace and prosperity to the public he shifted to a bellicose threatening and a more sinister tone in more private conversations just a few days after becoming Chancellor he met with the highest generals of the Reichswehr Germany’s handicapped army Germany’s future Hitler insisted is depending on the veil mocked and the veil mocked alone pacifism was unworthy of Germany’s heritage and according to Hitler’s social Darwinist abused Germany had to fight its way back to great power status getting back lost colonies was one idea but conquering laban drown in Europe’s East and pursuing a ruthless Germanisation is preferable to Hitler and the Nazis either way to be in a position to make demands of the world Germany’s military had to undergo a massive buildup despite the limitations imposed by the Versailles Treaty this was exactly what those generals most wanted to hear a strong military would consequently elevate their own positions in German society [Music] – me too [Music] [Applause] the audio shown [Music] the next step Hitler met with another powerful group the industrials many shareholders of the big companies such as Iggy Farben or Cooke were initially distrustful of Hitler and his party especially the word socialist in national socialist party that had a lot of them worried that radical economic changes that would negatively affect them were on the horizon today in 2019 there is still a debate among historians as to how socialist the National Socialists actually work in terms of social policy they were on the extreme reactionary right opinions vary as to their economic policy and they likely always will but one thing was pretty certain about the party back then the NSDAP was broke election campaigns are expensive and the lavish style of the Nazis with all the uniforms banners and parades was a real drain on funds Hitler convinced the industrials though that socialist was a rather flexible term and that their powerful position would go untouched under his rule instead there would be a lot of new contracts for them from the armament industry again Hitler speaking skills transformed suspicious listeners too excited followers and by the end of the meeting the NSDAP coffers were filled with three million Reichsmarks you got to spend money to make money right now with the support of both the military and industry Hitler turned to his internal enemies he made fellow Nazi Herman Goering famous World War one fighter pilot and in 1933 President of the Reichstag and Minister without portfolio Reichskommissar of the Prussian Department of the Interior and minister president of Prussia which meant nothing less then that Goering now commanded both the police and the administration of the Prussian state and he immediately purged both institutions of enemies of the Nazis and formed a Gestapo the secret police the Nazi paramilitary organizations SS SA and style helm now ran rampant targeting their enemies and settling scores both old and new their victims were mostly Communists and Social Democrats at this point what other critics of the Nazis fell prey the violent mob or to corrupt police officers they a busted up election meetings they jumped and arrested people on the streets or dragged them out of their homes at night in the brown barracks the enemies of the Nazis were brutally beaten tortured and often outright killed without consequence for the murderers it was a brutal terror that swept the Prussian state but was in fact only an omen of what was to come for the rest of the country once the Nazis got control of the entire government system officially this was explained by Hitler as preventing the imminent communist revolution that actually was believed by large parts of the public because the danger of the communist threat the Red Scare had been hyped by politicians across the spectrum since World War one the Reichstag fire the burning of the German parliament building On February 27 was just another catalyst to further escalate the violence to this day there are those who believe that the Nazis were actually behind the attack on the Reichstag although there is no direct evidence of this and in his Diaries Joseph Goebbels Nazi propagandist and in February 1933 soon-to-be minister of propaganda gives no hints about it but the lone dutch communist was captured at the scene gave hitler the chance to push the first of many emergency laws through parliament as a response to the attack the basic rights of freedom of speech freedom of assembly and freedom of the press were immediately suspended as was the power of the individual German states [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] the terror now swept nationwide as the glass out to the co-option of the Interior Ministry’s under Nazi rule took effect under these emergency laws bit by bit the positions in the governments of German cities and states were taken over by Nazi Party members all the police and security forces were by mid 1934 under direct control of the SS should stop and its leader Heinrich Himmler Himmler appoints Theodor Eicke II to head up the Dachau camp and I get proceeds to formalize what had been a spontaneously created concentration camp system an atmosphere of violence and fear gripped every German city in those days and everyone knew that people could simply disappear and find themselves in the laboratory of violence that’s what the German historian Volker Ulrich called Dachau in those days among those people who disappeared were Jews the main villains in Hitler’s worldview now the takeover by Hitler triggered some rather negative reactions abroad so the Nazis claim with no evidence that this is because Jews are spreading false stories of atrocities committed in Germany in retaliation for the fictional crimes on April 1st 1933 the Nazis called for a nationwide boycott of Jewish stores doctors and lawyers although the boycott gains little traction and only really lasts for a day Jews were now the official enemy of the state and the legal discrimination against Jews was soon followed by physical violence this was very unpopular with large parts of the general public but there was no substantial resistance among the people either just apathy terror had already done its work and the people were terrified and the violence and discrimination against the Jews would only increase year by year until the pogroms of Christal Act of 1938 when Jews were killed or sent to camps by the thousands their synagogues burned their homes prayer rooms and graveyards destroyed beginning November 1938 they are incarcerated simply for being Jews back again in 1933 on May 1st the Nationals Socialist Party celebrated the talk they are bite Labor Day as an official holiday with huge parades and tens of thousands of workers listening to Hitler’s speeches on the radio Hitler had promised to reduce the high unemployment rate by gigantic construction projects like the Autobahn fairly short term solutions sure that the idea worked and the traditional left-leaning workers put their trust in Hitler the next day the last real threat to Nazi rule that could have united large parts of society the union’s accepted their dissolution without a fight instead the NSDAP had gained over two million members in just those three months of 1933 alone and the Nazis had successfully destroyed any opposition to their rule everyone who thought Hitler controllable everyone who thought the Nazis would never gain real power and everyone who had hesitated to organize a coordinated resistance to the violence was now rendered powerless the Nazis had taken control over every vital institution in Germany and they were not about to give up that power the swastika flew next to the National colors and would soon replace them as the flag of the German Reich from the very beginning Hitler had not only been determined to obtain absolute power but he had also been completely open about his plans his ambitions declared in his book Mein Kampf were by no means a secret but nearly everybody had underestimated the ruthlessness of the former corporal from Austria one party one belief one conviction as Goebbels dictated all other parties must be eradicated and only the Nazi Party shall remain with Germany under his control Hitler moved on to the next phase of his grand vision his gaze wandered outwards across the borders drawn in 1919 the Fuhrer looked towards Austria Czechoslovakia Poland and Lithuania to the countries that he saw as bearing the stigma of the Versailles Treaty nations were a large ethnic German population lived under what Hitler considered foreign rule reversing or breaking that treaty was the next step in Hitler’s plans but that would take time to prepare and until then Hitler had to rely on bait-and-switch tactics dishonesty was his weapon of choice to test the weakness and the gullibility of the other European powers while the vermont’s was preparing and rebuilding under the swastika the furious plans for the expansion of the Third Reich were set in motion Hitler was growing ready to wager Germany’s future in an all-or-nothing gamble there would be no 1918 ever again Germany would return to glory or it would perish rise of evil just by the nature of its subject matter is it’s got to be a little bit controversial right I mean has that ever come to haunt you yeah not really haunt us but it is a controversial subject it’s about how you know Victor came to power and let’s just say the promoters in especially Germany weren’t really looking forward just performing that song live however I mean as soon as we explained to them that you know we are about the things about military history controversial subjects will arise from time to time however we don’t ever do any kind of political or religious propaganda and this song is simply about how it’ll feature came to power it’s not fro Nazi it’s telling a story absolutely and we can’t we can’t really tell a story about World War two without somehow including Adolf Hitler or the Nazis yeah you probably have to mention them once yeah you have to mention the war no but you have a lot of fans all over the world and they’re gonna be of all different nations and all different backgrounds and all different political rigors you must have extremists from all kinds of stripes including you must have some fans around there that are pro-nazi that’s gonna happen just by the number of fans you have yeah I mean we’ve been accused of being 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well because of doing the song a theorem analysis about the final Battle of Berlin yeah so yeah you can keep accusing us of our political views but the simple fact is we don’t really have any message with our music other than to tell these stories I think that was very well said well that is it for today Sabbath on history all right everyone remember to support us on patreon check out the other videos we got there good and also don’t forget sang ghost and we’re working take care everyone [Music]

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